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A Bold Cross-Industry Initiative to Accelerate Health Equity

Webcast—A virtual Executive Briefing
October 26, 2021, 9-10 a.m. PT/12-1p.m. ET

A Bold Cross-Industry Initiative to Accelerate Health Equity


Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | Time: 9–10 a.m. PT/12–1 p.m. ET

Moderators: Mark Smith, Founding President & Former CEO, California Health Care Foundation
Laurie Zephyrin, MD, VP, Advancing Health Equity, The Commonwealth Fund

Discussion Leaders:
Carrie Byington, MD, EVP, University of California Health
Pat Geraghty, President & CEO, GuideWell & Florida Blue
Kim Keck, President & CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Larry Moss, MD, President & CEO, Nemours Children’s Health
Tim Suther, SVP & General Manager, Data Solutions, Change Healthcare

Substantial variation and gaps in the collection, stratification, and review of race, ethnicity, language, and sex data limits health care organizations’ capacity to implement equity-focused interventions and to establish accountability mechanisms that strategically address health disparities. To collectively address this challenge and meaningfully reduce disparities, the Health Evolution Forum is enlisting a cross-section of leading health care organizations to join the Health Equity Pledge and to drive industry-level progress towards greater equity in care delivery, the patient and member experience, and outcomes. Moderated by leaders of the Health Evolution Forum and key contributors to the efforts of the Pledge, Mark Smith and Laurie Zephyrin, the group will discuss the Pledge objectives, barriers that organizations often encounter in this area of work, and the solutions being developed to strengthen data-driven health equity efforts. Information will also be provided for organizations interested in committing to the Pledge.

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